Novozymes Biologicals President Patrick Patterson to be Next Ferrum College Executive
in Residence on Wednesday, October 3
Patterson’s 11:15 a.m. keynote address to students, faculty and staff in Franklin
Hall is open to the public.
Ferrum, Va. (Sept. 28, 2012) – Ferrum College recently announced that Novozymes Biologicals President Patrick
Patterson will be the next Executive in Residence for the College on Wed., October
3, 2012. In addition to joining students in class, Patterson will give a keynote address,
which is open to the public, at 11:15 a.m. in the Blue Ridge Mountain Room in the
College’s Franklin Hall on campus.
As the world leader in bioinnovation, Novozymes, which is located in Salem, Va., uses
industrial biotechnology to re-engineer everyday products to deliver enhanced sustainability
performance, introducing energy cost savings, and decreased raw material costs to
customers. Novozymes’ biosolutions enable everything from the removal of trans fats
in food to advancements in renewable energy sources.
During his time on campus, Patterson will share experiences from his eighteen years
with Novozymes on balancing financial, social, and environmental goals to address
a growing need for companies to make more from less due to population growth, resource
scarcity and climate change. Patterson’s visit highlights a schedule of fall events
developed around the College’s 2012 – 2013 theme Sustainability: More for Less, for All.
“We are excited that our students will have the opportunity to learn first-hand what
is possible when nature and technology join forces in biotechnology from such an innovative
industry leader as Patrick Patterson,” said Ferrum College Vice President for Institutional
Advancement Kim Blair.
Novozymes is ranked among the top 25 best companies to work for in America and for
the tenth time is the industry leader of the biotechnology sector in the Dow Jones
World and STOXX Sustainability Indexes. The company currently markets 700 biotechnology
products in 130 countries.
The Executive in Residence initiative at Ferrum College brings the real world business
experience of current and retired business professionals to campus. Guest executives
tour campus, audit classes, interact with students and faculty and are asked to deliver
a lecture sharing their personal experiences and philosophies. Speakers offer insight
on the knowledge, skills and leadership qualities necessary for a successful business
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